Will poised for French test

One of Norfolk's brightest tennis prospects has been selected for an LTA trip to France in December.

Eleven-year-old Will Davies from Norwich will travel on Boxing Day to take part in the week-long Open des 10-12 TCBB at the Tennis Club De Boulogne and will be testing himself against some of the top European players in his age group.

Davies has been chosen alongside Hereford and Worcestershire's Alexander Parker, with whom he will also enter the doubles event.

The Norfolk youngster will be hoping to build on his success in a Tennis Europe event in August where he and partner Joe Tyler from Northamptonshire won the boys doubles at the Adriatic Cup in Croatia. Davies will prepare for the trip with a warm-up tournament in Surrey, shortly before Christmas, where he has entered both the 12 and 14 and under age groups.

The Open des 10-12 TCBB is a prestigious event with several highly decorated professionals included on its roll of honour.

French stars Richard Gasquet, Sebastien Grosjean, Nicolas Mahut and Belgium's Olivier Rochus were all winners in the 90s and have all gone on to become top 40 players on the professional circuit.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion and former world No 1 Justine Henin of Belgium was a winner in the girl's event in 1994 while Dinara Safina, sister of Russian tennis legend Marat Safin and former world No 1 herself, also tasted success in the event.

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Davies trains at Easton College Tennis Centre and Bannatyne's Health Club. He is the second ranked player born in 1999 in the British 12 and under listings and has had success in Yorkshire this term when he won the 12 and under singles at the Batley Autumn Junior Open.

He put in an excellent performance in November at the Graves Centre in Sheffield to qualify for the main draw of a Winter National Tournament before falling to Lincolnshire's Henry Beesley in the opening round.

In July, Davies was part of the 12 and under Norfolk side who competed in the National Finals in Bolton after winning the regional stage of the competition.